Sorry for the silence the last couple of days. Busy busy. I’ll have to do a project update sooner or later. Kill All Monsters is coming along nicely and I’ve been working on a short, prose story about an old, pulp character named The Purple Scar, but I could give you some more details about both of those.
Anyway, the last twelve titles in my Marvel 52 are the big guns.
12. The Liberators by Gail Simone and Colleen Coover
The Lady Liberators were introduced way back in Avengers #83 as a team of villains (of course) to fight those poor boys of the Avengers. They made sort of a comeback in recent years though as a heroic group when She-Hulk formed an informal team of superwomen to fight the chauvinistic Red Hulk in Jeph Loeb’s Hulk. Then they got together a couple of other times after that in She-Hulk and The Mighty Avengers.
I’m all about the female superheroes, so it would be awesome to have a book where they could team up regularly. Maybe have a core team of She-Hulk, Valkyrie, Black Widow, and Hellcat with other women coming on for particular missions. Since that’s sort of Marvel’s version of Birds of Prey, it’s unoriginal, but entirely appropriate to have Gail Simone writing it. And Colleen Coover draws Marvel women (and men, for that matter) like nobody else.
11. Valkyrie by Paul Cornell and Jill Thompson
I know there’s a bona fide female version of Thor, but Valkyrie’s been around a lot longer and has the benefit of not being exactly a female version of Thor. She has the whole, cool Viking thing going on without just copying him. I know Paul Cornell could do awesome things with that and Jill Thompson‘s got a great, fantasy style that would suit very well.
10. Runaways by Brian K Vaughan and Ben Caldwell
Vaughan has said that he always wanted Runaways to be a series that other creative teams could pick up and run with; that he wanted it to be sort of his legacy at Marvel. But though other creators have done pretty well with the concept, unfortunately no one’s doing anything with it now. I’d correct that and bring back the writer who started it all. Ben Caldwell has a great, manga-esque style that’s perfect for books about (and targeted to) younger kids.
9. Agents of Atlas by Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk
Quite simply the most definitively awesome team book anyone’s ever made in the history of comics. It was Jeff Parker’s baby, so no one else can touch the writing, and though there have been a few excellent artists working with Parker on it over the years, Leonard Kirk was the first. I’d want that dream team back on it again.
8. Spider-Man by Phil Hester and Pia Guerra
Spidey is a character that I haven’t been excited about since the ’70s. Phil Hester could change that by bringing the same mix of high adventure and everyman troubles that he put into Firebreather. As for Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man)… Why, oh, why isn’t she drawing a monthly comic book right now?
7. The Fantastic Four by Brian Clevinger and Darwyn Cooke
Brian Clevinger’s proven that he’s not about to run out of wacky science stories for Atomic Robo anytime soon, so why not share some of that with everyone’s favorite family of super scientists? And you know you want to see Darwyn Cooke cut loose on a series like that.
6. Pet Avengers by Evan Dorkin and Katie Cook
Evan Dorkin can write a damn good animal story. Not just a cute, funny animal story (though they are that, too), but a real story about animals you care about. I sort of want his Beasts of Burden partner Jill Thompson on this one, but I’m trying not to be completely unoriginal and Katie Cook’s not only awesome, she also has a thing for Marvel and pets.
5. Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung
Okay, maybe I am totally unoriginal. But in my dreamworld, Heinberg would have time to write a monthly series about these characters he and Cheung made up. I loved it when they were on the book, but in other hands the characters haven’t been as exciting.
4. Iron Man by James Turner and Nicola Scott
If I can’t have Robert Downey Jr play Tony Stark right there in my comic, something else that could get me to buy it would be to have James Turner (Rex Libris, Warlord of Io) write it. Like all my favorite writers, Turner has an insane imagination and unrestrained abandon about letting it spill out of his head and onto the page. And he’s hilarious. I’m not saying that it hasn’t been this way lately, because I haven’t read Iron Man in years, but in general the character needs some craziness. It should be a scifi/superspy comic and I’d love to see Nicola Scott ground something like that in reality.
3. Thor by Neil Gaiman and George O’Connor
I went back and forth about whether I’d prefer to have George O’Connor (Olympians) write and draw this one by himself. He’s certainly got the ability to tell fun stories about mythological characters.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how amazing it would be to see Gaiman make Asgard as huge and epic as the Dreaming.
2. Captain America by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener
If there’s something else Clevinger appears to like as much as superscience, it’s WWII history. Not only could he tell some fantastic flashback stories to Cap’s adventures in those days, he’s also a guy who – like Brubaker – can let that time period continue informing the personality and choices of the modern Captain America. And why not let Clevinger’s Atomic Robo cohort, Scott Wegener be in charge of bringing it to life?
1. The Avengers by Paul Tobin and Cliff Chiang
Paul Tobin’s already been writing the best Avengers comic around for the Marvel Adventures line, so he should get his shot at the main book with one of the best superhero artists working today.